Today’s Charlotte Observer provides us a great opportunity to bring a couple of recent stories together for a quick note. There is certainly nothing earth shattering here; just some interesting observations.
Earlier this week we shared two different entries that you should read if you havent. One was an entry focused on NC State football recruiting in light of Sterling Lucas’ commitment to the Wolfpack on Tuesday (click here for link). The other was a good entry that turned into a fantastic conversation about the media that was built on the Charlotte Observer‘s poor and slow coverage of NC State football recruiting (click here for link).
[Oh the irony that Sterling Lucas committed early on Tuesday and the Observer saw fit to get it into the paper on Thursday.]
Our readers shared some particularly great thoughts in the comments of the media entry that included some specfic discussion about the general aggression and attitude of the Charlotte Observer’s, Ken Tysiac. We aren’t going to turn this entry into a referrendum on on Tysiac as I don’t have the energy. But, I did want to share the big news he wrote regarding Sterling Lucas’ commitment in today’s Observer as I found it fascinating.
Before I share his words, I again refer you to our entry reporting the commitment that we hammered out in 15 minutes on Tuesday afternoon so that you can see what our thoughts were on the topic. We’re certainly not journalists, but we think that we have a pretty good grasp on what is important and relevant to NC State.
So, let’s play a quick game of multiple choice to give you the chance to choose the most interesting, relevant and/or newsworthy issue/item/topic regarding Sterling Lucas’ commitment to NC State?
(A) Lucas’ strong senior year and performance that led to major regional and national attention and offers from many major schools that resulted in a direct battle between USC, UNC and NC State?
(B) The class of four highly-ranked linebackers that Tom O’Brien has put together this year in light of the dearth of talent at that key position that was left by the last staff?
(C) The impressive talent Coach O’Brien is assembling across all positions his first true recruiting class that currently has NC State ranked in ESPN’s Top 20 recruiting classes in the country and in the Top 25 of average star ratings of commitments at Scout.com and Rivals.com?
…let’s see….I need a 4th option just to make this fun but I can’t think of anything else…I’ll just make-up something stupid and irrelevant to have a ‘joke option’….how about…
(D) That Sterling Lucas grew up in the great state of South Carolina. (LOL! How less important can something be?) And, interestingly, NC State hasn’t received a commitment from a South Carolina high school player this year.
So…what how did Ken Tysiac and the Charlotte Observer report Sterling Lucas’ commitment this morning?
Linebacker is first S.C. Wolfpack commitment
Shrine Bowl star is state’s No. 12 prospect
Shrine Bowl defensive MVP Sterling Lucas gave coach Tom O’Brien his first 2008 commitment from South Carolina when he chose N.C. State this week.
Lucas (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) is a middle linebacker from Orangeburg-Wilkinson who made eight tackles and had an interception and fumble recovery in the Shrine Bowl. As a senior, he led O-W with 168 tackles.
“He’s a great run stopper and an outstanding athlete,” said O-W coach Reggie Kennedy.
Scout.com rates Lucas as the 12th-best prospect in South Carolina. Kennedy said North Carolina and South Carolina were Lucas’ other two finalists.
O’Brien has had success recruiting in the state of North Carolina with 11 commitments for 2008, according to scout.com, but hadn’t received a South Carolina commitment before Lucas.
One headline and five sentences and the headline and two of the sentences focused on the massively important news that Coach Tom O’Brien has not yet landed a player from the state of South Carolina. The headline detailing the most important item of the story and and 40% of the article focused on the BIG NEWS and fabricated ‘importance’ that NCSU/TOB has MISSED by failing to land players who went to high school in South Carolina.